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Every Rihanna Music Video, Ranked

We went through all of the bad gal's classic videos, from the early island days to her current savage demeanor with "Needed Me." See which landed at No. 1!

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"Kiss It Better" (2016)

Navy fans will never forget how much a disservice this video was to one of Rihanna's strongest and most definitive songs to date. "Kiss It Better" deserved so much more than the '80s-inspired black-and-white bore.

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"We Ride" (2006)

This video is pretty straightforward: Rihanna hanging with her girlfriends, rolling around on the beach and dancing in the club with her man. Nothing too exciting here.

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"Unfaithful" (2006)

"Unfaithful" and "We Ride" were the first time Rihanna collaborated with director Anthony Mandler, and they've went on to create better visuals with stronger, less cheesy storylines.

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"American Oxygen" (2015)

Just like the song, this politically-charged video was a complete throwaway and was released in the middle of a very frustrating pre-Anti era.

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"Take a Bow" (2008)

"Take a Bow" is a memorable song on its own, and its simple accompanying highlights Rih's newly-chopped hairdo and sassy attitude. 

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"Cheers (Drink to That)" (2011)

This was a fun insight into the life of a pop star, as it included footage from Rihanna's Loud tour and her returning home to Barbados. The video is more of a gift to the fans, if anything.

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"California King Bed" (2011)

The aesthetics in this video—from Rihanna's Loud-red hair and romantic lighting—are so gorgeous. Yeah...that's all I've got.

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"Diamonds" (2012)

The "Diamonds" video is another example of a stellar single getting cheated by a not-so-strong visual. It's only saving grace was Rihanna's gorgeous, almost-bare face.

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"Pon de Replay" (2005)

For "Pon de Replay" being her first video, Rihanna (who was just 17 at the time) completely owns it! She basically starts the party with her killer Caribbean-bred dance moves, which is very inspiring.

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"If It's Lovin' that You Want" (2005)

It's always cool to watch a pre-Bad Gal Rihanna, and "If It's Lovin' That You Want" was just her second video. From her ocean-blue eyeliner to the beachy setting, it was the perfect introduction to the island girl who was about to take over.

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"Hate That I Love You" (2007)

Rihanna had a fine balance of Good Girl Gone Bad in her video with Ne-Yo, where she looked like a sultry '40s vixen while rocking a shorter curly 'do, pearls and a lace bra.

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"If I Never See Your Face Again" (2008)

One would think a Rihanna and Maroon 5 pairing would be a win, but the "If I Never See Your Face Again" duet and its accompanying video was more standard than erotic.

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"FourFiveSeconds" (2015)

While this song is not my favorite, I appreciate its video for displaying Rihanna's raw emotion. It also reminds me of an old-school Calvin Klein campaign, which is cool.

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"Who's That Chick?" (2010)

The video for "Who's That Chick?" is bright, bubbly, cartoon-like and futuristic—what more could you ask for from a David Guetta collab? Plus, Riri's colorful makeup inspired many Youtube tutorials.

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"Don't Stop the Music" (2007)

"Don't Stop the Music" is one of Rihanna's best club-ready tracks. So what did Anthony Mandler decide to do for its video? Hit up a European club, of course.

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"Te Amo" (2010)

Many fans didn't like the "Te Amo" video, but it's one of the singer's most fashion-forward ones thus far. The femme fatale-themed clip guested French supermodel Laetitia Casta as Rih's love interest, as they writhed and frolicked in couture getups. 

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"This Is What You Came For" (2016)

This video may not be her most exciting, but you can't go wrong when you make her stunning modelesque features the focal point.

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"SOS" (2006)

The iconic green cutout dress, the tropical setting, the glowing bronze skin, the mirror dance scene, those bangs! The "S.O.S." video was Riri's proper introduction into the mainstream arena, and boy did she nail it.

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"Needed Me" (2016)

This gritty, slow-motion clip was directed by cult filmmaker Harmony Korine, so it plays out more like a movie with Rihanna playing an alluring yet cold-blooded gunslinger.

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"Stay" (2013)

Directed by the acclaimed Sophie Muller, the melancholic "Stay" video was a straightforward look at just how vulnerable the usually hard-edged pop star could be.

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"You da One" (2011)

The rushed and messy Talk That Talk era wasn't Rihanna's strongest, save for "We Found Love" (but we'll get to that later). But at least we got adorable videos like the A Clockwork Orange-inspired "You da One" that almost saved the song...almost.

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"What Now" (2013)

The impassioned feelings behind this Unapologetic stand-out was brought to life in the slightly demented, phantom-like video. Kudos to Rihanna for not giving a storyline that one would expect from a ballad.

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"Shut Up and Drive" (2007)

The New Wave-inspired "Shut Up and Drive" was an unexpected turn for the artist, who was previously known for her R&B-pop fusion singles. Its accompanying video was equally sassy, with Rih turning a crappy junkyard into a sexual fantasy, cheetah print heels and all.

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"What's My Name?" (2010)

The sky-blue filter on this Philip Andelman-directed video made it such a calming viewing experience, and it was adorable to see the birth of RiRi and Drake's friendship. Plus, "What's My Name?" is one of the singer's best singles to date, so the video will remain memorable.

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"Work" (2016)

This two-in-one gem plays up Rih's playful relationship with longtime friend/sometimes-boyfriend Drake, and will have you itching to wine yuh waist at a dimly lit bashment party.

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"Umbrella" (2007)

"Umbrella" was the exciting introduction to the singer's Good Girl Gone Bad era, and the nostalgia video features her longtime friend/collaborator Jay Z, en pointe ballet dancing and that unforgettable silver paint scene.

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"Wait Your Turn" (2009)

The stinging effect of this song's opening line, "I pitch with a grenade, swing away if you're feeling brave," was felt throughout this menacing video. Its gritty, thuggish vibe embodied Rihanna's newfound "no phucks given" personality of the Rated R era.

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"Rehab" (2008)

Anthony Mandler brings it once again with a simpler video for "Rehab" that was all about smoldering aesthetics. Rihanna and Justin Timberlake's sensual chemistry was felt throughout, and it didn't hurt that they both looked like glorified models.

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"Sledgehammer" (2016)

If you ever wondered what Rih would look like as a powerful Avatar-inspired intergalactic creature, the magical IMAX-shot video for "Sledgehammer" answers that for you.

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"Russian Roulette" (2009)

The "Russian Roulette" video (another Mandler classic) came during a heartbreaking time in the artist's life, where she was publicly dealing with the after effects of domestic abuse by then-boyfriend Chris Brown. Seeing the triggering symbolism, allusions to death and violence was like peeking into the darkest corners of Rihanna's mind.

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"Rockstar 101" (2010)

This aggressive Melina Matsoukas-directed rager found Rihanna channeling her inner Slash (the guitarist was featured on the song, not the video). It usually gets lost in the success of "Rude Boy" and "Hard," but its gothic bondage outfits, and a cameo from Travis Barker shouldn't be forgotten.

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"Where Have You Been" (2012)

Dave Meyers is the man behind this exotic visual, where Rihanna finally gives us a proper dance-heavy performance. And the singer emerging from the swamp like a reptilian creature remains one of her best opening video shots to date.

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"Pour It Up" (2013)

Critics who didn't know any better dismissed it as raunchy, but its stripper and dancehall queen themes are the perfect accompaniments to the "Pour It Up" trap anthem. Rihanna was so committed, in fact, that she took dance lessons from a stripper prior to the video shoot. It's displays the provocative Bad Gal at her finest (and you can't forget that denim thong).

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"Disturbia" (2008)

"Disturbia" was pop gold during the late '00s...well, 6x Platinum if we're getting specific. So the single needed a solid video to bring its gloomy anxious to life—and Anthony Mandler mastered it. Seeing Rih put on her best Thriller face was absolutely thrilling.

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"Man Down" (2011)

"Man Down" told a story of a fugitive fleeing after she shot a man in cold blood, but no one expected its video to tell such a haunting story. Rihanna got endless flack for "glorifying violence" after killing the man who raped her in the video. But if you dig deeper, you'll realize that she was sending an important message to her young fans. Plus, the visuals (shot in Jamaica) are stunning.

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"Rude Boy" (2010)

"Rude Boy" is one of Rih's most visually stimulating videos, thanks to the heavy pop art and vivid Caribbean-inspired colors. It was her modern version of a classic '90s Jamaican dancehall party setting.

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"S&M" (2011)

"Na na na, c'mon!" This colorful video was a play on Rihanna's sadomasochist with the media, as she's seen rocking latex and whips. It's also fun to see reporters and tabloid writers like Perez Hilton getting tied up and gagged. And we can't forget that controversial scene of her nearly deep-throating a banana.

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"Hard" (2009)

Directed by Melina Matsoukas (her first time working with Rih), the "Hard" video found the singer dominating the military way before Battleship ever happened. The eye-catching outfits combined with explosions and machine guns are just wild. That Rihanna reign didn't let up then, and it has no signs of slowing down now.

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"Only Girl (In the World)" (2010)

This video is just so damn pretty (thanks again, Anthony Mandler). It finds Rihanna coming out from the darkness that was Rated R and feeling incredibly blissful with Loud. The video plays more like an effervescent fashion editorial, and it was good to see her so happy again.

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"Bitch Better Have My Money" (2015)

Rihanna received her first co-director credit alongside Megaforce for her most controversial, explicit and manic video thus far. The "BBHMM" short film will have you gasping and uttering "WTF" at every turn as the singer and her gangster crew kidnaps her accountant's wife. I'm waiting to see if she has the balls to top this one in the future. There's no secret here: Rihanna remains the baddest (and the bloodiest) in the pop game.

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"We Found Love" (2011)

The "We Found Love" video of course snags the No. 1 spot, due to its pop culture impact that rocked the industry. Directed by Melina Matsoukas, it is a drug and toxic love-induced joyride that is reminiscent of popular U.K. series Skins, and films like Drugstore Cowboy. It was an artistically depressing take on Rihanna's relationship with Chris Brown that will never leave your mind.

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